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Holiday for Swing

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Sounds of Yester Year's Holiday for Swing is a modestly proportioned parcel of live recordings made during and shortly after the Second World War specifically 1942-1946 by a popular big band under the leadership of trumpeter Erskine Hawkins. Live albums by this excellent band originated either as radio air checks of Jubilee variety shows in front of audiences composed almost entirely of Armed Forces personnel, or club dates which were also broadcast over the air. Some of the cuts on Holiday for Swing "Let's Go Home" and a cover of Duke Ellington's "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" appear to have been recorded in May 1945 at the Blue Room in New York City. The opening track is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Sounds of Yester Year's Holiday for Swing is a modestly proportioned parcel of live recordings made during and shortly after the Second World War specifically 1942-1946 by a popular big band under the leadership of trumpeter Erskine Hawkins. Live albums by this excellent band originated either as radio air checks of Jubilee variety shows in front of audiences composed almost entirely of Armed Forces personnel, or club dates which were also broadcast over the air. Some of the cuts on Holiday for Swing "Let's Go Home" and a cover of Duke Ellington's "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" appear to have been recorded in May 1945 at the Blue Room in New York City. The opening track is a delightful surprise -- a six-and-a-half minute jam on the band's massive hit "Tuxedo Junction." Throughout the '40s this orchestra adapted steadily to changing musical tastes, easing into the newly defined rhythm & blues market; they scored considerable success in 1946 with "Sneakin' Out." While this is not exactly the lengthiest album in the Erskine Hawkins discography, the relatively rare live material has plenty of merit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Sounds Of Yesteryear
  • EAN: 5019317600822
  • Catalog Number: 682
  • Sales rank: 262,394

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tuxedo Junction (6:31)
  2. 2 Jubilee Hop (3:10)
  3. 3 I'm Just a Lucky So and So - Ace Harris (4:39)
  4. 4 Let's Go Home (3:50)
  5. 5 Victory Bells (2:40)
  6. 6 Sneakin' Out - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (3:03)
  7. 7 Uncle Bud (2:56)
  8. 8 What You Say? - Jimmy Mitchell (2:51)
  9. 9 Limehouse Blues - Avery Parrish (2:54)
  10. 10 Don't Cry Baby - Jimmy Mitchell (4:05)
  11. 11 Holiday for Swing (Theme) (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erskine Hawkins Primary Artist, Trumpet, Soloist
Paul Bascomb Tenor Saxophone
Julian Dash Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Marcellus Green Trumpet
Leroy Kirkland Guitar, Soloist
Sam Lowe Trumpet
William Moore Trumpet
Avery Parrish Piano, Soloist
Robert Range Trombone
Edward Sims Trombone
Leemie Stanfield Double Bass
William "Cat" Johnson Alto Saxophone
Aaron Maxwell Tenor Saxophone
William McLemore Guitar
Ace Harris Piano, Vocals, Soloist
Sammy Lowe Trumpet
Edward McConney Drums
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Trumpet
Ed Sims Trombone
Dan Logan Trombone
Charles Jones Trumpet
Robert Johnson Trumpet
David James Jr Trombone
Raymond Hogan Trombone
Technical Credits
Erskine Hawkins Composer
Julian Dash Composer
Mack Davis Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Buddy Feyne Composer
Douglas Furber Composer
Saul Bernie Composer
Stella Unger Composer
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